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River trips

Ducking down the Deben

Follow the journey of the River Deben from source to sea. Along route we measure the flow of the river at Debenham, dip for creatures and survey the river at Brandeston, and search for treasures along the strand line at Bawdsey. Children are invited to question how and why the river changes along its course and its influence on settlement.

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Booking form

For more information or to enquire about booking please contact Foxburrow Farm Education Centre Officers, Jenny Kent or Cathy Smith on 01394 380113 or email

River Waveney Study

Venture to the far reaches of the Fen to the source of the river Waveney. Follow its’ course back to the centre passing through fenland, looking for wildlife, taking river measurements and finding out about the people who shaped the fen. Finishing with an afternoon of hands on activities to explore themes of water conservation, the water cycle and the fen’s story.

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For more details or to book a session contact Deborah Key at Redgrave & Lopham Fen Education Centre on 01379 688333 or email

River Deben lesson plan

The Stream - Debenham
Measuring flow – rubber duck races
Measure depth and width
Study surrounding land use
The River - Brandeston
River dipping
Measuring flow
Measure width and depth with a plumb line
The Tidal River - Woodbridge
Estimate width and depth
Picnic lunch 
The Estuary – Bawdsey (optional)
Sand sculptures of the river
Scavenger hunt
Observe tides, width, depth

River Waveney lesson plan

The River's Source
Measure depth, width and flow 
Wildlife spotters sheets
Compass reading 
The Stream
Measure depth, width and flow
Raft spiders
History of rush lights and the fen
The River

Measure depth, width and flow
Impact of draining rivers and fens on wildlife
Make a labelled sketch of the river 
Games in the Afternoon
• The Water Cycle – act out the journey of a water drop
• Water Balance of the Fen – a game to look at how water moves around the fens
• The Water Conservation Game